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The 2014 Texas Sales Tax Holiday is coming soon: Friday, August 8, Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10, 2014. Some malls and stores are extending their business hours during Tax-Free Weekend, so check with your favorite shopping spots. During the three days, most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 are exempt from sales and use taxes. That equals to an approximately $8 savings for every $100 you spend. The Texas State Government says subject to some criteria, "all sales of qualifying items made during the holiday period qualify for the exemption, including items sold online, or by telephone or mail."
What items are exempt and what are taxable? It gets a little complicated. For example, some sports gear like golf cleats and track shoes are taxable, but tennis shoes and swimsuits are exempt. Headbands and helmets are taxable, but baseball caps are exempt.
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